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Knowledge and Belief; how does Plato think we can "know"?

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What does Plato say about knowledge? In his Allegory, what do the Sun, line and cave represent?

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An outline of Plato's "Sun, line and Cave" and explanation of the metaphors given by Plato in his Allegory of the Cave are discussed.

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What can we know / how do we know it?
-can we "know" (have knowledge about) the things that are all around us?
We can have:
-common sense view
-but, if we can not trust our senses as the means to knowledge and if and can not have knowledge of sensible things...
-what, exactly, can we know?
-how can we know about it?

Plato (c. 427-347BCE) answers these questions by talking about the REALM OF THE FORMS (the Allegory of the SUN, the LINE and the CAVE)

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